Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio (Lecturer, Hotel Alphabet) trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil (University of Sussex) for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain.
An accredited The Arts Society lecturer (see lectures), she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. She has written numerous art reviews and essays and was commissioned to create a series of e-books on The Theatre of Mistakes.
Her lecture on The Bed in Art was filmed for HENI talks.
She is a founder member and Creative Producer of Intersectional Feminist Art Collective InFems
Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing (Glasgow University), her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. and a novel about Caravaggio. Her fiction is represented by Sabhbh Curran @ Curtis Brown.
She first visited Russia in 1986 and it remains one of her favourite destinations. She loves hotels and alphabets.
Georgia Mancio (Lecturer, Hotel Alphabet) is a multi award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist, and producer. Her copious industry acknowledgments include consecutive wins at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards: Best Vocalist (2021) and Best Album (2020) for Finding Home, and several nominations at the Jazz FM, British Jazz, and Urban Music awards.
Her partnership with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent has yielded two albums: Quiet is the Star and Songbook, a book (The Songs of Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio) and performances across Europe and the US, including Ronnie Scott's and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Other credits include: BBC Proms, Kate Williams, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Pat Metheny (lyric approval), Bobby McFerrin, and her own festivals Revoice! and Hang. Georgia has also lectured at The Course on the music of the Jazz Age and is a vocal tutor at City University. She has been both an amateur film-maker and trapeze artist, and loves travelling and learning languages.
Paul McCormick (1967-2021)
Paul McCormick (Director of Operations, Hotel Alphabet) trained as an artist and created the conceptual art work Impossible Diamond for New York duo Praxis and James Franco's Museum of Non-Visible Art. His paintings of political prisoners and his ceramic installation dedicated to the deaths of 100 schoolgirls in Afghanistan were chosen for In Kritieke Staat, an exhibition curated by Marit Otto for Kunstenlab, Deventer (2013) and were inspired by his experiences in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later works included a 40m x 40m painting in concrete and abstract paintings that translated smell into colour. He created the I Am Caravaggio! tour and never got lost.